Ten Songs I Like Right Now

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First off, did you know one of the drummers for March Fourth Marching Band hand makes leather hats that are amazing? Bring an extra $90 to their next show if you are a hat lover, I wish I had!

Now that summer is here my musical tastes get a little more light and dancey, it’s just too hot for sludge. Here is a list of the songs I like this week (all song titles in blue are links to the music):

1. Stare at the Sun – Eleanor Friedberger. Last week I posted the stream of her new album. I adore her voice and this song makes me want to hit the park.

2. Dumb Disco Ideas – Holy Ghost!. Light pretty dance electronic.

3. Demon Dance – Surfer Blood. Great sounding chill band with the occasional Weezer-like melody.

4. Warm Spell – Sinkane. Session Musician who has worked with Yeasayer and others, Sudanese influences, breezy good stuff. Loving the drums.

5. Faces – Jonathan Rado. Guitarist of Foxygen already has a solo album, and with help from White Denim’s guitarist, it sounds fantastic. A little Albert Hammond, Jr. action.

6. Orchards – Wampire. Love this Portland psych band, and I adore the monster in the video. These guys are touring right now, don’t miss them.

7. Oblivion – Waxahatchee. Fantastic cover of the Grimes song, with more garage sound. Love this so much.

8. She’s On Fire – King Tuff. Ever since Garage Swim came out, I’ve been listening to this song on repeat. Wish it had an extended version, I love the video game sounds at the end.

9. Dog That Bit You – The Baptist Generals. Sub Pop band releases new album after ten years, I really dig their sound, reminds me of a modern Tom Petty with a weird voice.

10. Captain Brain – Bill Baird. Not quite a new song, but one of my all time faves. When I listen to it in the car I tend to drive too fast.

Bill Baird at SXSW 2013: Best Show of the Convention

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Bill Baird is a gift to music. Part performance artist, part artist artist, part comedian, part computer programmer, part perfect melody creator. Like a young Tom Waits from the future with a beautiful baritone, he won over the crowd with his showcase at Velveeta Room for SXSW this year. Accompanied by a group of orchestral players, Bill showed us yet another side of himself. Attached is a clip from “Bow Down to the Brain” off his new album Spring Break of the Soul, off PauWau Records. Also linked below is the full audio and link to buy this insanely good album. See him when he’s in your town,never miss a Bill show. You never know what you will get, but it’s going to be great.

Live Video of Bill Baird SXSW 2013 “Bow Down to the Brain”

Full audio and link to PAUWAU